Money is tight without a doubt. We played the game because we loved it. Great moments in time. When it was over we went home and did something else. We didn't define ourselves by wins and losses, we played because it was fun. Now the game is a commodity. It is sold to us by clubs and leagues. It is a way to make a living for thousands of people. There are hockey schools, skating labs and shooting clinics, paid coaches, private rink operators, team owners looking to turn a profit. No one is doing this because they are bad people and most are doing it because they love the game too. But it has made the game a commodity. Commodity prices have gone up and it is becoming out of reach for more people than care to admit it. Nobody did this on purpose but it happened. Families are leaving the game, not just kids. Even houseleagues are struggling. By the time you realize what is happening, you are leaving because your kids grown up and moved on and you leave the problem for those still going. i hope it finds it's fun again and more kids come back but prices will have to come down.